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Poster: matchstickstatue Date: Apr 9, 2012 2:57pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Derek Bailey - On the Edge (Dead Related)

In the early 1990s the father of non-idiomatic improvisation, Derek Bailey, turned his great book "Improvisation" into a documentary series for British television. Snippets have circulated for a long while, but the whole doc is now available on the intertubes:

Garcia is interviewed at the start of Pt IV, but the series and book concern all kinds of improvised music, from baroque Organ, to Indian ragas, Flamenco, jazz, blues, jambands, all the way to John Zorn's 'game' based works and completely anti-structure attempts at consistently playing free of metric or harmonic reference (usually credited as Bailey's own development, jovially demonstrated here:

The book is, in many ways more revealing than the film (in it, e.g. Garcia talks about recovering from his coma, as a player, and how his body was curiously ahead of his mind in it, and Bailey treats objections to improvisation as an emancipatory musical practice quite seriously), but both are fascinating documents of a musical continuum and quest, in which the Dead play a huge part.

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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Apr 9, 2012 4:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Derek Bailey - On the Edge (Dead Related)

Interesting post.Thanks.